It’s not every day your fire bottle goes off when racing, but this one did (VIDEO)

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This weekend, champions were crowned at the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo World Final in Sebring, Fla. at the legendary, historic and bumpy Sebring International Raceway.

The champions included Patrick Kujala (Huracán PRO), Corey Lewis (Huracán PRO-AM), Ryan Ockey (Huracán AM), Jake Rattenbury (Gallardo PRO-AM) and Brandon Gdovic (GallardoAM), the latter four having competed in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series.

One of the drivers who was close to winning a title but didn’t after being contacted out by another driver in the second of two World Final races on Sunday was American Josh Hurley, who had won three races in the previous three days in the No. 76 Musante-Courtney Racing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 in the Gallardo class.

In Saturday’s race, while under braking for Turn 17, arguably Sebring’s toughest corner, Hurley’s fire bottle become automatically activated from the aerodynamics – as he broke and as one of the newer Super Trofeo cars, the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2, came by to his inside.

Despite being hit in the face – cue the Rob Riggle “In the Face!” clip from “The Hangover” if you like – Hurley continued on to win in class, and ultimately ended third overall in the race after the race’s winner on track was issued a post-race penalty for contacting another car.

Even better, there was no fire on the car.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.